“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12–13
Christian writer and speaker, Ty Gibson writes about the day in which his mother told him that the man he’d grown up believing was his father was not as being a day that set him free to become someone different that he’d ever thought possible.
You see his step father was highly abusive and he hated that but at the same time he felt trapped because he believed that if this man was his father then he was somehow destined to become just like him.
But when the day came and his mother told him that his real father was a different man, a kind man, a loving and gentle man, this revelation set him free to become like his true father and not like the one he’d always known.
Spiritually we have two fathers which we can chose to emulate. On the one hand we have our Heavenly Father, and John 1:14 says that the one that is born of him is “full of grace and truth.” On the other hand we have the choice of remaining sinful as we continue to follow the path of our father the Devil. The apostle John describes the Devil as being a murderer and a liar and those who identify with him become just like him.
There are many people in the world today that really have no desire to identify themselves with either God or the Devil. They just want to be their own man or woman. But scripture reveals to us that there is within each of us a need to be connected to God or, if we reject him, someone else and there’s only one other choice besides him. So if we don’t choose Jesus we’re by default choosing the Devil.
Everyone truly born of God and dynamically connected to him becomes transformed and they begin to become like him. What is he like? He’s full of grace and truth. It’s hard to completely describe what being full of grace and truth is like but John, in his first letter to the Christian Church, says that while , today, we don’t know what we going to be like if we continue to follow Jesus that ultimately “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1John 3:2
Friends, I pray that everyday as you wake up that you would choose Jesus; that you would reach out to your Heavenly Father and say, I choose you, I love you and I choose to become like you. Make me just like Jesus, full of grace and truth.